No time for a meal? Grab one of these on-the-go pre-workout alternatives to help fuel your body the all natural way.
iStock/ThinkstockWhether you’re an early morning spinner, an after work yogi, or a late night gym goer, sometimes you need an extra boost to make it to your workout, endure through it, or even recover after it. But, what you put in your body is just as important as the hard work you put out during your workouts. Finding a nutritious product to drive your physical fitness should be based on your needs. Here are our top picks for the best tasting and most nutritious pre-workout energizers.
- Zing Nutrition Bar
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip
This gluten-free, soy-free, and wheat-free bar is packed with nutritious organic ingredients. It contains whey protein isolate, a fast-digesting protein that delivers a heap of amino acids to your muscles. Chow down on this bar pre-workout, and your muscles will have the energy they need to hit the weights and fend off muscle breakdown.
$31.95 (USD) per 12-bar box, zingbars.com
Tri-Berry Nuun Active Hydration Tablets
These fast-dissolving tablets provide your body with four essential electrolytes—sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium—to help keep you hydrated during tough workouts. Staying hydrated is essential to maximize physical performance as well as keep you alert and your metabolism functioning optimally. You sweat, they replenish. Pop one of these before hitting a workout to help muscles function, communicate, and burn energy efficiently. These tablets are also free of sugar. Instead, they’re infused with a plant-based sweetener, Stevia, which is a natural and safer alternative to aspartame. And they contain no artificial coloring, flavors, or preservatives.
$24.00 (USD), nuun.com
- Vega Sport
This plant-based pre-workout drink mix will help you prepare, endure, and sustain tough workouts. It contains a blend of both fast- and slow-digesting carbohydrates for instant and sustained energy, and is combined with ingredients like green tea, kombucha, and coconut oil, to name a few, to keep you energized, focused, scorching calories, and performing at your best throughout your sweat sessions.
$29.99 box of 12 single packs, myvega.com
- LifeAID Beverages
FitAID Energy Drink
This energy drink will help you power through intense workouts, and ensure you are performing at your full potential. It’s all natural, paleo friendly, and gluten free, and contains no artificial ingredients. It also offers 75 percent less sugar than other mainstream energy drinks. It’s sweetened with only 9 grams of low glycemic organic blue agave without any added sucralose, high fructose corn syrup, or aspartame.
$32.90 per 12-pack box, drinkfitaid.com
- Rise Bar
Almond Honey Protein+ Bar
This all natural bar keeps it’s simple with just three ingredients: almonds, honey, and 20g of whey protein isolate. Chomp on this pre-workout for a kick of energy, and to feed your muscles with the aminos they need during your intense training. It also aids in the rebuilding process afterward. This bar is free of gluten, GMOs, dairy, soy, and peanuts, and is organic and kosher.
$27.99 per 12-bar box, risebar.com